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good to have you with us. so there is growing concern about conditions in u.s. border detention facilities and the agents who work in them. a new inspector general's report raises a red flag on overcrowding. and now agents are under investigation for what they've posted on social media. nick valencia has our report. >> reporter: new images from the dhs office of the inspector general show what one cbp official calls a ticking time bomb in a new report obtained by cnn. dozens of migrants crammed behind a chainlink enclosure, some with barely enough room to lie on the concrete. and about 30% of minors held longer than the 72 hours allowed according to the report. some children held for two weeks. >> we have for quite some time been speaking to the overcrowding at our facilities, never designed to deal with the volume of migrants that have been coming our way. >> reporter: the lack of capacity has put a strain on an
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agency under fire and now under investigation over this closed facebook group reportedly made up of thousands of current and former border patrol agents. propublica first exposing i'm 1015 reportedly named after a code for undocumented immigrants in custody. according to propublica members also shared lewd and sexist content about latina members of congress including alexandria ocasio-cortez. >> these do not represent the thoughts of the men and women of the u.s. border patrol. each one of these allegations will be thoroughly investigated. >> reporter: cnn sat down exclusively with someone we've confirmed is a long-time border patrol agent in el paso. the agent expressed disgust at the facebook group and says being derogatory is part of the border patrol culture, even hearing a supervisor joke about dead migrants. >> he was making fun of them. >> saying what? >> that what difference does it make, it's just another life. he made a comment also regarding running over illegals.
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and i'm like, you cannot run over people. >> reporter: the allegations come on the heels of growing outrage from democratic lawmakers visiting detention facilities today in florida. >> when you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to say something. you have to do something. >> reporter: nick valencia, cnn, el paso, texas. a federal judge has blocked a trump administration policy that denies bond haergearings t asylum seekers. attorney general william barr announced the policy in april that would keep thousands of asylum seekers locked up indefinitely while their cases are heard. the judge ruled people who are detained after entering the u.s. illegally are entitled under the constitution to bond hearings and the chance to be released. the ban on the policy goes into effect in two weeks. ing. new polling by cnn finds
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americans are growing more concerned about the situation on the southern border. but it's clearly become a partisan issue, with republicans and democrats drawing their own conclusions about who's to blame and what should be done to solve this crisis. political analyst michael genovese joins me now from our los angeles bureau. good to see you. >> good evening. how are you? >> good. so let's take a closer look at that new cnn poll. 74% of americans there is a crisis at the u.s.-mexico border, a steep increase from 45% who felt the same way back in january. but they differ on what constitutes a crisis. most democrats say it's about the treatment of migrants. most republicans say the crisis is due to the number of migrants at the border. what do you make of those numbers? >> well, i think where you view this situation depends on where you sit. republicans tend to think it is a crisis of an open border where people are coming in illegally.
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and the answer is that they are. many are. democrats tend to think of it as a humanitarian crisis, that we have the opportunity to deal with this in a much more humane and better way. so in a way both sides are right about this because there are multiple causes to the crisis at the border. but clearly what you're seeing from these pictures that are just gut-wrenching is that there is clearly a humanitarian crisis. it has multiple causes. and the administration has not been able to get it right. they faced this for weeks and weeks. they keep on coming up with excuses. and the question is are they trying to deal with the problem or are they just trying to paper over it? and as president you can't pick and choose the issues you want to deal with. you have to deal with whatever crosses your desk. things are uncomfortable, things you don't want to deal with. you still have to. that's the presidential's job. we need to get to doing this job because the picture that we're presenting to the world is of inhumane, uncivilized conditions. this is not who we are.
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we have to get this right. >> yeah. a lot of countries overseas horrified that many of those images going out. and of course the same poll found very little movement in president trump's approval rating for handling immigration. 42% approve now. 41% approved in january. and mr. trump's overall approval numbers held steady in the new poll at 43% approving, 52% disapproving. what do those numbers tell you? >> well, the more things change the more they stay the same. these numbers have been solid and fixed. and so what we're seeing is that opinions are not changing, they're hardening. and this will become even more pronounced when we get closer to election time. the president has a solid base. he plays to the base. he caters to the base. and he does a tremendous job in dealing with the base. but he's the first u.s. president to govern very self-consciously only to his base. he chooses very deliberately not to be president of the united states, of all of us. he chooses to be president of
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his base. as long as he does that, he won't be able to expand the base. the strong point that he makes in re-election is my base is loyal, they will show up, your voters won't, i'll win again. >> right. on an issue that is related to this, after days of defying last week's supreme court decision to reject the citizenship question that was to be added to the 2020 census form, the trump administration has now dropped plans to pursue it. but president trump is not happy. he tweeted this late tuesday night. "a very sad time for america when the supreme court of the united states won't allow a question of is this person a citizen of the united states to be added on the 2020 census. going on for a long time. i have asked the department of commerce and the department of justice to do whatever is necessary to bring this most vital of questions and this very important case to a successful
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conclusi conclusion." but then the justice department confirmed tuesday it will go ahead and print the 2020 census without including the citizenship question. what do you think happened here? >> well, as with so many times that the president is challenged in court, rather than making a convincing argument he levels bold assertions of power. the point of his many different policy moves that he's made from banning muslims from coming into the country to this is that they never try to convince you that they have arguments on their side. they assert power. and in this case it's very clear that the intent was to politicize the census. and the administration never made an argument as to why they wanted to do it that would have countered that. and so quite wisely the courts have been reluctant to turn over to the president the power to basically rewrite the census as it wishes and they said you've got to have standards, you've got to tell us what those standards are, show us what it means to add this question, why
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are we adding it, what's the problem we're trying to solve? the administration refused to do that. and i think it's a function of, number one, their arrogance, that they just think they can assert power and people should fall in line. but number two, i think it's also a function of the president seeing virtually everything in political terms, in terms of political gain, and he sees politics as a zero-sum game, i win, smenomeone else has to los. instead of saying can we work together, can we deal with, this what's the problem we're trying to solve, he simply says this is my way or the highway. well, the president's been shown the door to the highway several times. >> michael genovese, thanks for joining us. >> thank you. well, a u.s. navy s.e.a.l. accuse of war crimes in iraq has been found not guilty in the murder of a wounded isis fighter. a military jury in california gave its verdict tuesday in the case of eddie gallagher. other s.e.a.l.s accuse him of stabbing a young captive in 2017 and said gallagher also shot at
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civilians. but he was only convicted on one charge, posing for a photo with a human casualty. gallagher had backing from fox news personalities and president trump was reportedly considering a pardon. cnn's nick watt has more on the case from san diego. >> reporter: it looks like navy s.e.a.l. eddie gallagher will be at home, a free man for the 4th of july. he had been facing life behind bars. had he been convicted of premeditated murder. remember, he was charged with stabbing to death an isis detainee in iraq back in 2017 and of posing with the corpse. he was also charged with firing into crowds of civilians, using a sniper rifle to shoot an old man, a civilian, and a young girl, and also charged with pressuring his fellow s.e.a.l.s not to turn him in and then retaliating against those who did. not guilty on six of those charges. the only charge he was found guilty of was posing with that photo.
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the defense never argued against that. the photo existed. everyone had seen it. there was no real point in arguing against that. but that photograph was really the prosecution's key piece of evidence. that and the text messages that eddie gallagher sent along with that photo, saying got this one with my hunting knife, got this one, got my knife skills on. but there was no forensic evidence in this case, none whatsoever. it was really about navy s.e.a.l.s taking the stand and giving testimony. some of them saying eddie gallagher did this, we saw him stab an isis fighter. and others saying he never did it, he didn't do it at all. and in the end the jury decided that eddie gallagher was not guilty. so he is a free man. the sentencing still going on. that will continue later this morning. but the maximum he can be charged -- he can be sentenced with for posing in that photo is four months, and he's already served around nine months behind bars during pretrial
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confinement. >> cnn legal analyst areva martin joins me now from los angeles. good to have you with us. >> hi, rosemary. >> so areva, eddie gallagher was found not guilty of murder in the death of the 12-year-old isis prisoner in iraq. but he was found guilty of posing for a photo with the body. how surprised were you by the verdict in the end? >> not really surprised by the verdict. unfortunately, the prosecutors had a very difficult case on their hands. there was no body. there was no forensic evidence. the knife that allegedly eddie gallagher used to stab the isis fighter did not have any identifiable dna on it. so it was very difficult for the prosecutors to make their case without the concrete physical evidence you would expect in a murder trial. in addition, you had conflicting testimony. some of his s.e.a.l. members of the -- you know, the -- some of the members of his troupe
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testified that they saw him take the knife and stab the isis fighters. and others said that they did not witness him stab him. so you had conflicting evidence and then you had the surprise witness, the medic that said he actually caused a death by suffocating the isis fighter after gallagher had stabbed him with a knife. so you have all of this conflicting evidence. you have the lack of physical evidence that you would expect to see in a murder trial. so not really surprised at the not guilty verdict on the most serious charges. >> yeah. and of course everything appeared to change when that star witness for the government's case confessed under oath to the murder and said he, not gallagher, did it. what did you make of that confession and how did prosecutors not see that coming? >> that was startling. you have to imagine the prosecutors spent hours interviewing this medic before they put him on the witness stand and reports are that he was granted immunity so he knew
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that anything he testified to with respect to the alleged killing by gallagher would not result in any criminal prosecution of him. so for him to start'll -- provide this really incriminating testimony, inconsistent testimony during the trial, was quite shocking and surprising. and now there's some reports that he may be facing perjury charges himself. i can't imagine that the prosecutors knew that he was going to testify in that way and still put on the kind of case that they put on. so they were as shocked i think as everyone who's been following this trial very closely. >> right. and of course the sentence will be delivered wednesday. but gallagher's already spent time and he's only liable to get up to four months, so in actual fact he'll probably walk away. so how likely is it that gallagher will file for some sort of compensation or restitution and what are the optics of a trial like this? >> i don't think gallagher's going to do that. i think gallagher is like any defendant that's been charged and tried for murder, is just happy with the outcome of the
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trial. his attorney has maintained all along that this was just a setup. the defense to this case has always been that some millennial subordinates of gallagher who did not like his management style were angry at him and that they engaged in this course of conduct to frame him for multiple things and then ultimately this murder of this 12-year-old isis fighter. i think gallagher and his family takes this win and probably he moves on with his wife. he faced the possibility of life in prison without, you know, being released. so i think there's probably, as you would expect, a great sense of relief on his part. and i don't expect he'll file any charges with respect to the claim that was made by the government against him. >> all right. areva martin, thank you so much. always appreciate your legal analysis. >> thank you. well, a titan of the american auto industry has died. lee iacocca, the man behind the ford mustang, has passed on at
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the age of 94. here's cnn's stephanie elam on his legacy. >> reporter: leo anthony iacocca, better known as lee, was born in the rust belt in allentown, pennsylvania in 1924. trained as an engineer, he vaulted to auto industry superstardom by helping design and champion the amazingly popular ford mustang. >> this is the car that dreams are made of. >> reporter: he also fathered the world's first minivan. >> dodge caravan, plymouth voyager. they're the most versatile wagons ever built in america. there's nothing like them. >> reporter: with a master's degree from princeton, iacocca started at ford in 1946 as an engineering trainee. he earned his reputation with ford's racing program in the '60s but found his place in history with the introduction of the ford mustang at the 1964 world's fair. >> the mustang can be tailored to be virtually anything its buyer designs. >> reporter: the mustang was an overnight success.
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it spawned the american muscle car movement and is still in production today. he was named president of the company 26 years later in 1970. despite his success at ford, in 1978 he was unceremoniously fired by company chairman and namesake henry ford ii, who told him according to iacocca's autobiography, "sometimes you just don't like somebody." within months he was hired at chrysler. the next year iacocca was named ceo. the company was in serious financial trouble and nearly out of business. but iacocca persuaded washington to bail chrysler out with a billion dollars in federal loans. as part of that effort he agreed to take a personal salary of just $1 a year. even so, he took heat from critics when he cashed in stock options worth millions. his response was vintage iacocca. >> i mean, that's the american way. if little kids don't aspire to make money like i did, what the hell good is this country? [ laughter ] got to give them a role model,
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right? >> reporter: iacocca was chrysler's pitch man. he starred in 61 chrysler commercials touting american cars and american values. >> i have one and only one ambition for chrysler. to be the best. >> reporter: he made chrysler profitable again and paid the government back every penny. he did it with an emphasis on quality. >> if you can find a better car, buy it. >> reporter: iacocca introduced longer warranties, lower prices, and a new kind of vehicle. the minivan sold so well dealers had waiting lists six to ten months long. iacocca's quest for new models actually redefined the landscape for detroit's big three. he engineered the buyout and eventual demise of number 4 car maker american motors just so he could add amc's jeep brand to chrysler's inventory. iacocca chaired the commission that raised almost $300 million to restore ellis island and the statue of liberty. >> we remember the millions drawn here by that flame, and we
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renew our commitment to the ideals that kept it burning. >> reporter: iacocca was known for talking tough, and he often sounded like a politician. >> the administration has seemed to understand the importance of bargaining chips in nuclear disarmament, for example. but they don't have the faintest idea how to bargain in trade. >> reporter: in the 1980s he resisted entreaties to run for the white house himself but has campaigned since for both republican and democratic presidential candidates. iacocca retired from chrysler when he was 68. yet when the company presented him with a legacy award 20 years later, his vision couldn't be any clearer. >> i think the big three is coming back. >> reporter: only one car was ever named for iacocca, a 45th anniversary special edition mustang produced in 2009. >> who did you expect? >> stephanie elam with that report. well, now just do it. or change your mind and don't. why nike's under fire for canceling these red, white and
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finals. they beat england 2-1 in a thriller tuesday to advance. alex morgan celebrated her 30th birthday with the game-winning goal. christen press also scored for the american team. u.s. standout megan rapinoe was sidelined by a strained hamstri hamstring. she's expected to return this sunday for the final against the winner of sweden-netherlands. well, nike is defending its choice to cancel a line of sneakers featuring an early version of the u.s. flag. the shoe giant's decision has its supporters but it's also facing backlash from? politicians. and you can see the shoe here featuring the so-called betsy ross flag. it's a banner associated with the u.s. war for independence. but to some it's also linked to slavery. for more on the controversy here's cnn's allison kosik. >> reporter: nike reportedly began pulling the sneakers from stores about two weeks ago after
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former nfl quarterback colin kaepernick told nike that the emblem on the shoes of an early american flag was offensive. this all according to the "wall street journal." the shoes feature what's commonly known as the betsy ross flag, and it's controversial because the flag was used at a time when slavery was legal and has more recently been adopted by some extremist groups. nike was going to roll out the sneakers this week as part of a celebratory 4th of july week lunch but is now removing them from circulation, saying this. "nike has chosen not to release the air max 1 quick strike 4th of july sneaker as it features an old version of the american flag." now, nike had been in the process of building a third manufacturing plant in a suburb of phoenix, arizona but after nike pulled the sneakers arizona's governor doug ducey said this on twitter. "the state will rescind financial incentives that were offered to nike to build a $185 million manufacturing plant and bring 500 jobs to arizona."
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the republican governor tweeted, "the company has bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism. words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. i am embarrassed for nike." it was just on monday that the financial incentives for the manufacturing plant were approved. local council members agreed to waive almost $1 million in fees and reimburse nike for up to $1 million for the jobs the athletic giant would create. well, now the status of that project is in question. >> cnn's alison kosik with that report. well, the u.s. senate majority leader is adding his opinion to the controversy. mitch mcconnell said this tuesday instead of celebrating the birth of our nation a shoe company has deemed the flag, which flew during our independence, too offensive. he went on, "if we're in a political environment where the american flag has become controversial to americans, i think we've got a problem."
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responsible. u.s. government investigators say they have found extreme overcrowding at border detention facilities including migrants in standing room only cells and children being held far longer than the 72 hours allowed. the report also found a lack of hot meals and inadequate access to showers. a military jury has found a u.s. navy s.e.a.l. not guilty in the murder of a captured isis fighter. eddie gallagher was cleared of several other charges tuesday. but he was found guilty of posing with a human casualty. the jury is set to deliberate a sentence on that charge in the coming hours. well, the united states is getting ready to celebrate independence day july 4th with fireworks, cookouts, and summer concerts. but tanks are rolling into washington for donald trump's take on the holiday, and critics are not happy. cnn's tom foreman has the
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details. >> reporter: the iconic fireworks over the national mall will be moved to a new spot. all flights will be grounded at washington's reagan national airport for more than two hours. and three times the usual number of national guard troops will be deployed for security. all so president donald trump can be the centerpiece for d.c.'s fourth of july celebration. giving an unprecedented speech at the lincoln memorial. >> we're going to have a great fourth of july in washington, d.c. it will be like no other. >> reporter: for all the costly changes it's still not precisely what he wanted early on, a grand military parade as seen in some other countries such as france, russia, and north korea. but cost estimates for that plan quickly ran into tens of millions of dollars. the d.c. city council, mindful of expensive street damage, howled "no tanks." the park service has remained quiet about how much it will cost to take on the additional requirements. and the pentagon is not
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discussing the price tag for a flightover by the blue angels, a plane that serves as air force one, some other aircraft, and a couple of tanks and troop carriers that will also be there but simply parked near the mall. >> we want to bring millions of people into the city, and we want people to come who love our country. those are the people we want. >> reporter: the president tweeting "the pentagon and our great military leaders are thrill thrilled" after asking the chiefs of every branch to stand with him during the celebration. the pentagon not saying which if any are going. and adding to the frustration of those who claim the traditionally non-partisan event is being hijacked by team trump, the white house and the republican national committee are reportedly giving vip access to favored friends and colleagues. democrats say on this scorching week they are largely being frozen out. the white house response? >> this is a public event. it's open to the public. >> reporter: one group they may not be so happy to see.
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protesters who fly the trump baby balloon have received a permit, and that will also be up in the air on the fourth of july. tom foreman, cnn, washington. let's get more on all of this with colonel cedric layton in washington. he is a cnn military analyst. welcome. always great to have you on the show. >> thanks, rosemary. it's great to be with you. >> well, as a military man yourself, how concerned are you that president trump is hijacking 4th of july celebrations turning them into a campaign event essentially as some critics have suggested? >> well, i'm very concerned about it, rosemary, because the american military is an apolitical military. that's what we're supposed to be. obviously, military members have their own political views. but they are really prohibited from campaigning for candidates, from showing up at campaign events, or from doing anything that is perceived to be a partisan political piece or anything of a partisan political nature. and to do something like this on
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the 4th of july is i think getting very close to the line that divides the military from the political world. >> right. and president trump tweeted this. "the pentagon and other great military leaders are thrilled to be a part" of his slew the m ache assessment on that? >> well, none of our military leaders who are serving would ever say what they really think except perhaps in private. but i can say most of them are not thrilled to be here and they certainly don't want to be used for partisan political purposes because that then cheapens not only their advice to the president which they're legally bound to give but it also calls into question the separation of the military from the political process. the military is controlled by civilians in the united states, but it is also supposed to be very independent of the political process. >> right. because of course president trump has asked the chiefs of
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every branch of the military to stand with him during the celebration but the pentagon is not saying who might be attending. how do you think those chiefs will respond to that request? >> that's going to be very interesting to watch because technically they are supposed to follow the orders of the president. he is after all the commander in chief of the u.s. armed forces. but they also have an obligation to maintain themselves in an apolitical fashion. they can perhaps send one or a couple representatives that might be useful or perhaps they'll send the deputy representatives of their respective services but that is -- it's a tough call for them to make and it kind of puts them in essence between a rock and a hard place because what they're trying to do is they're trying to of course show support for the commander in chief in the sense of his position, not his politics. and then they also of course have to maintain that separation between the political and the military side of things.
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>> could prove very awkward indeed. and the iconic fireworks display we know will be moved to accommodate mr. trump's new plans. all flights will be grounded for more than two hours at washington's reagan national airport. the number of national guard troops will be tripled for security. and while the pentagon won't say how much it will cost for the flyover, the tanks and of course the troop carriers, could that money be better spent on veterans and their pressing needs at this time? >> certainly from my personal standpoint i would say yes. it would be much more important to support the veterans, the people who have served and who have suffered because of their service as a consequence of that service. they should be really looked at and made a high priority. we of course have a lot of politicians here in the united states that say very good things about the veterans and tend to applaud the veterans for their service, which is great. but you know, it's one of those things where you have to put your money where your mouth is. and in this particular case the
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money would be better spent to support veterans' causes and to support veterans' health care needs. >> and of course it's worth pointing out this is a compromise arrangement. the president initially wanted a grand military parade on the same massive scale he's seen in france, russia, north korea. but the cost was just way too high. what do you make of a u.s. president who wants to display america's military hardware in this way? >> well, i think he's missing the point that previous presidents have really been able to use to their advantage. america has been known for wielding its power fairly quietly until it really has to go out and perform a military mission. in world war ii a lot of people i spoke with in enemy states of the united states would tell us when the germans marched through their territories you could hear the boots marching on the cobblestones. when the americans came through you couldn't hear them because
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their boots were so silent. and it had a completely different effect on the population. and it's the silence that wins in this case. and i think we need to learn that the silence is more powerful than the bluster. >> interesting point. thank you so much for joining us. colonel cedric leighton. always a pleasure to chat with you. >> are p p. it's not just a rebel strongholds. it's also home to some 3 million people, many who simply have nowhere left to run. since the latest government offensive began two months ago, the u.n. says at least 330 civilians have been killed and that idlib is on the brink of a humanitarian nightmare. our cnn international correspondent arwa damon is once again in idlib province, and she reports on the crisis facing those who do make it out alive.
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>> this idlib province is considered to be the last relatively safe area that people who want to flee the regime and the russians' bombardment can actually come to. the problem is for months the newest arrivals have been living in conditions like this. barely able to string a couple of blankets around all of the trees for shelter. and that's because the main camps that exist here are completely full. they've gone, they've asked for tents, they've been told that there are none. and ngos are estimating that one in three women here are either breast-feeding or are pregnant. this little baby was born a month before her parents had to flee. other mothers that we've been talking to say they don't have diapers. one woman we spoke to steel gave birth in her tent underneath the olive trees. this is a population that is being squeezed. the bombing in the southern part of the province is so intense.
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the fighter jets are almost constantly overhead. it's absolutely terrifying. medical clinics are being targeted. and so more and more people are fleeing into an area where they're being squeezed up against the turkish border. and so many of those who we are talking to here are wondering how it is that eight years into this conflict not only have world leaders failed to stop the violence, they've even failed in providing them with the most basic of things. arwa damon, cnn, idlib province, syria. the mystery behind a stow awais death. who was he and how did his body drop from the sky into a london neighborhood? that's next on "cnn newsroom." [alarm beeping] {tires screeching} {truck honking} (avo) life doesn't give you many second chances.
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police in london say the body of a man fell from a passenger jet approaching heathrow airport. it landed near a man who was in his garden.
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the body was traced to a kenya airways plane, a stowaway. water and some food were discovered in the landing gear compartment once the plane touched down. cnn's nina dos santos reports on the tragedy and the reaction. >> reporter: it was on this tranquil terraced street in southwest london on the flight path toward heathrow airport that a body plummeted from the sky, falling around about 2,500 feet into the back yard of this property, just yards away from where a resident was sunbathing. well, pictures of the scene sho show the depression on the ground that this impact had made, and residents say they're still shocked that this could have happened in this part of the capital. >> very unfortunate. it's quite frightening as well. my back garden's just a few doors down from there. it is quite frightening. as i was coming back on the bus i could see there were hundreds of people out on the common. and it could have been a major
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tragedy if he'd fallen on the crowds over there. it's a tragedy anyway. >> reporter: very little is known about this stowaway thus far. all that is known is that they are male. we don't know their identity, their nationality or indooed the their age. the police have said they'll conduct a postmortem examination. but airline experts say the conditions they'll have endured inside that landing compartment will have have been treacherous for the 8 1/2-hour journey from nairobi to london. >> we're talking about extremely low temperatures and we're talking here around minus 60 degrees celsius. the other thing is the partial pressure of oxygen is so low that a stowaway will pass out at about 20,000 feet and above 30,000 feet they will shortly expire and die. and then they freeze. >> reporter: this is not the first time that the bodies of stowaways have been discovered either in the back gardens or on roofs of buildings in the south and western suburbs of the capital, falling from planes that have often taken off from
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african airports as they headed in toward london and the landing gear was deployed. in 2012 the body of a mozambiquan man who stowed away on board a plane which had set off from angola was found and in 2015 another stowaway was discovered after having taken off from johannesburg. well, this latest incident will be investigated. the kenyan airport's authority will say in a statement that they set up a joint investigation team to work with the uk authorities to determine who this individual was and how he managed to get on board this plane. nina dos santos, cnn, in southwest london. and we'll take a short break here. still to come, from lawmakers to lobbyists. a new push to stop former members of the u.s. congress from cashing in on their old jobs. we'll take a look at that when we return. hey, who are you? oh, hey jeff, i'm a car thief... what?! i'm here to steal your car because, well, that's my job. what? what?? what?!
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welcome back, everyone. one of china's top tech billionaires wouldn't let a little cold water dampen spirits at a company event. he was giving a speech on artificial intelligence and self-driving cars when a man walked on stage and dumped a
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bottle of water on his head. lee took it in stride. telling the crowd, as you can see, different things can happen on our way to a.i. development. for former u.s. politicians, it's been a natural transition, writing laws to lobbying for or against them. and many are doing just that, leveraging their connections in washington to become lobbyists. but it's now causing ethical concerns. >> reporter: as a senator, david vitter railed against the swamp. >> it's all about lobbying. it's all about ethics. >> reporter: but now that he has been out of office for more than two years, he's part of the washington lobbying culture he once railed against. lobbying for chemical, energy and pharmaceutical firms, as a
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foreign agent, with a russian oligarch close to vladimir putin. he rubbed elbows with bill cassidy. and he then went to his office, and stored his luggage. he didn't want to talk about it with cnn. >> i'm in the middle of a meet right now. >> is it appropriate to be cashing in on your position, sir? is it appropriate to lobby for russian oligarchs. can you talk about why it's appropriate to be lobbying? >> reporter: there's 323 former lawmakers from both parties that are registered lobbyists. one-third of departing house members and 40% of former senators registering to lookby. between meetings in the dirkson building, cnn talked to norm coleman, who defended his work. >> i think the first amendment is a wonderful thing. i hope we're doing a service. >> reporter: but there's a vocal
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contingent in congress that disagrees. >> it's one way to help rescore the public's confidence that this place is working for them. >> reporter: alexandria ocasio cortez and ted cruz are working together to root out the practice. >> it will be harder for corporations and special interests to do on their own. >> washington has had a culture of corruption. and i think the american people are fed up with it. >> reporter: former members turned lobbyists. mark pryor, a partner at a washington law and lobbying firm. and one-time senator him hutchins hutchinson, both were there. >> they say you're cashing in on your influence that you gained as a public service. >> i'm fine with whatever rules they want to pass. america is a free country. and people will try to advocate,
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lobby their elected officials. >> reporter: former senator-turned lobbyist trent lott. he called efforts to ban lobbyists, ridiculous. after you leave the senate, what are you going to be? a brain surgeon? >> it would be hard to dictate to people what their chosen career field should be. >> reporter: and at the moment, it's not an issue that top leaders are concerned about. >> i don't even know what you're talking about. >> one reason why we're seeing david vitter on capitol hill, is because he's through the two-year coolingoff period that was man dated by the ethics law. it passed in the senate. 83 senators voted for that law, including david vitter.
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the growing crisis inside u.s. detention centers, as new photos show migrants in crowded cells, where critics say they are living in deplorable conditions. president trump says his plans for an independence day parade will be a salute to the troops. but critics say he is putting partisan politics into the celebration. and team usa advances to the world cup final. i'm rosemary church and this is cnn newsroom.


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